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Old 04-21-2003, 01:08 PM   #1
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Error while initializing sound driver



I get the following message at startup, I have an 'OPTi' sound-card installed which worked fine in MS Windows. What can I do to fix this.

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Informational -artsmessage

Sound server informational message:

Error while initializing the sound driver:

device/dev/dsp can't be opened (No such device)

The sound server will continue, using the null output device.
 
Old 04-21-2003, 02:14 PM   #2
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RH seems to be confused over the soundcard, that error is KDE getting grumpy about not having a card to connect the sound server to.

If you have soundconfig installed, try the command:

sndconfig

If not, post back with the output of:

/sbin/lspci

And we'll sort it out.

Cheers,

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Old 04-21-2003, 02:34 PM   #3
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is it one of those old isa opti 930 or 931 based cards?
 
Old 04-22-2003, 01:22 PM   #4
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I've looked for soundconfig and can't find it. I've looked in System Tools, Sound & Vision and Kick start, but can't see it.

whansard
No it's not an old ISA it's a PCI which I bought many many rebuilds ago. When I had a Cyrix2 233MHz processor
 
Old 04-22-2003, 02:10 PM   #5
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the tool is sndconfig, not soundconfig.
i think it's just a redhat tool. i don't think i've seen it
in other versions
 
Old 04-22-2003, 04:31 PM   #6
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Well... its most likely a mad16 chipset, so try:

modprobe mad16

and see if that horks errors...

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 04-24-2003, 04:55 AM   #7
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Question do I look for this in a terminal window or use find files.

This may be a simple question but I'm still a newbie when it come to Linux.
 
Old 04-24-2003, 02:16 PM   #8
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modprobe will find it for you.
just got to a terminal prompt and
type what finfin said.
the modules are in /lib/modules/<kernelversion>/
ifyou want to go look at them
 
Old 04-27-2003, 05:26 AM   #9
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Sorry I haven't responded for a while I've been kept busy over the Easter holiday with my Nephews coming down to the coast for their holiday

I'm going to give the solutions you gave me a go.

I got a response from Red Hat and they suggested using a utility called Open Sound System from OSS/Linux

Will give your solutions a go first then try out this utility
 
Old 07-09-2003, 12:19 AM   #10
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I am having the same problem. I don't know what chipset that I have. It's a laptop. Any ideas as to what I could do to find out what I should do?
 
Old 07-09-2003, 02:37 PM   #11
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smoked1,

First, usually, start a new thread, this one is 3 months old and about 4 pages back in Hardware. whansard and Mutley101 and I get mail about it, but that doesn't mean we'll check back... or that we're even active any longer.

First off... what kind of chipset is the sound card? Also, what distro and version? To find out about the card:

/sbin/lspci

And post back that output, just the "multimedia device" part. Also, what make and model of laptop?

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 07-09-2003, 08:38 PM   #12
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I am running redhat 9 and here is the output.

01:00.1 Multimedia audio controller: Neomagic Corporation NM2200 [MagicMedia 256AV Audio] (rev 12)
 
Old 07-09-2003, 09:07 PM   #13
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Guurgghh, this is one of those harsh integrated messes of a card. Try:

/sbin/modprobe cs46xx

If that doesn't hork errors then its probably the right module for the job. Actually...

Have you run "/usr/sbin/sndconfig" just to let RedHat try and do the whole mess for you?

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 09-28-2003, 07:34 AM   #14
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Hi.

Trying to get VIA82C686 under RedHat 9.0.

Here are the results so far:

snfconfig detects the card and attempts to play sample sound. No errors, however, no sound is heard....

When KDE starts, it complains:"Sound server informational message:
Error while initializing the sound driver:
can't start sound i/o
The sound server will continue, using the null output device."

modprobe works (no output)

Here is the output of /sbin/lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] AMD-760 [IGD4-1P] System Controller (rev 14)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] AMD-760 [IGD4-1P] AGP Bridge
00:07.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C686 [Apollo Super South] (rev 40)
00:07.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586/B/686A/B PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:07.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 1a)
00:07.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 1a)
00:07.4 SMBus: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C686 [Apollo Super ACPI] (rev 40)
00:07.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C686 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 50)
00:0c.0 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB (rev 41)
00:0c.1 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB (rev 41)
00:0c.2 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB 2.0 (rev 02)
00:0d.0 Multimedia audio controller: IC Ensemble Inc ICE1712 [Envy24] (rev 02)
00:0f.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. IEEE 1394 Host Controller (rev 46)
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 MX 440] (rev a3)

Any ideas?
Thanks
Tuomas
 
  


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